The top two candidates are Selvena N. Brooks-Powers with 2,613 votes and Pesach Osina, 2,406 votes out of 6,863 votes collected by machine. Ranked choice will be used to determine the winner.
When candidate Joe Biden secured the nomination for president on the Democratic Party line in June 2020, the number of registered Republicans active in Queens was about 126,972.
Four months later, that total was increased to 139,556 right before the General Election. President Trump single-handedly increased voter registration of Republicans by 10%.
Winner certified: James F. Gennaro with 4,078 votes out of 6,783 cast. He won the first round. Ranked choice was not applied.
Be Counted NYC, funded by the Related Company, sent text messages, did phone calls and a mailing to convert Republicans and other non-Democrats to Democrat by the February 14 deadline.
The pre-printed ballot has “Democratic party” pre-checked together with a pre-paid envelope to the Board of Elections. According to NYS Board of Elections, Lisa J. Blau in the name of Be Counted NYC (Filer ID 22572), personally contributed $1,519,500 as of January 14, 2021.
Our Republican response is Vote 2 Party. Comment?
It failed. Number of active voters in Queens went up for ALL parties:
October 2020 vs. February 2021
Total registered: 1,260,126 vs. 1,268,878
Democrats: 802,922 vs. 807,229
Republican: 139,556 vs. 139,968
Conservatives: 5,474 vs 5,516
Working Families:3,237 vs. 3,412
Other: 32,674 vs. 32,944
Blank: 276,263 vs. 279,809
Rav Arora, an independent young journalist, wrote an article in the Post today. I think some of the numbers he gave, in trying to explain why some black lives didn’t seem to matter in 2020, is telling. Less than half a percent of black lives died in conflicts with the police. In 2020, the homicide rate in 34 cities was 30% higher than the previous year. Those victims were disproportionately African American. More than 1,000 African American lost their lives than in the previous year to homicides. “Violent crime is concentrated in primarily low-income, marginalized black communities where the police are underresourced and Democratic leadership has abysmally failed.” Additionally, 90% of black homicide victims are killed by black offenders! A Gallup poll found that 81 percent of black Americans favored police presence in their neighborhoods. Black residents in the city of Minneapolis have sued for the lack of police protection.
Defunding the NYPD is not the answer. We need more police to protect the high crime communities and protect the most vulnerable. We also need to address the root of crime and why blacks are harming other blacks more than any other group.